Kodiak cruises

Known as the Emerald Isle, Kodiak is a heaven for all kinds of wildlife. The island is two thirds national park and is dedicated to the protection of its native brown bears, 250 species of birds and six kinds of Pacific salmon. Explore the good choice of bars and restaurants or join an entertaining tour of the island’s microbrewery. Discover the native heritage museums and explore breathtaking historical trails either by organised excursion or at your own pace.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Kodiak Sightseeing & Russian Tea

    This tour makes an ideal introduction to the quaint, working Alaskan city.

    Kodiak Sightseeing & Russian Tea

    Head to Cannery Row, where you can learn about the importance of the fishing industry here. Then, trace the area’s Russian roots, visiting the Russian Orthodox Seminary Chapel, where a member of the clergy will explain the role the church has played in Alaskan history. At the Fisherman's Church, the Balilaka Players, a local band, perform traditional Russian music accompanied by Russian tea and treats such as borsch, Russian tea cakes and piroshi. Afterwards, a short visit will be made to Bear Town Market, where you’ll see local artists selling their wares. A scenic drive past America’s largest Coast Guard Base will take you to back to your ship.

    This tour involves minimal walking but the venues visited are not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be aged 5 years or older.

    Tour code

    ADQ_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2¾ hours

  • Kodiak Highlights

    Appreciate the different strands of Kodiak’s heritage on this illuminating excursion.

    Kodiak Highlights

    View Cannery Row and the boat harbour as you drive into the city. A browse of the Baranov Museum, examines the area’s eclectic past with a mixture of Native, Russian and American exhibits; the Alutiiq Museum offers a more in-depth look at Alaska Native culture.

    Just outside town, Fort Abercrombie State Park is a World War II historic site. The old gun emplacements and the bunker-style headquarters are fascinating, yet seems at odds with the beautiful forest scenery and views out to sea.

    This tour will operate by school bus. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    ADQ_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2¼ hours

  • A Taste of Kodiak

    Stroll through the heart of Kodiak town, tasting specialty food items that are locally caught, grown or prepared right here on Kodiak.

    A Taste of Kodiak

    Embark on a culinary journey through the Emerald Isle and discover Alaska's untamed frontier.

    First up on the menu is Alaskan seafood. Mouthwatering crab cakes await you at the Aquamarine Café, a favorite with both locals and visitors. A little further down the street is Henry's Restaurant, where delicious smoked salmon is set out for you. This is a West Coast staple, sourced from the cold, clean waters of Alaska.

    El Chicano Mexican Restaurant offers a south-of-the-border twist on Alaskan halibut, neatly packaged up in to a tasty taco treat. At the Bear Town Crafts Market, its crackers and salmonberry jam are bursting with natural, fresh-picked sweetness. Pickled Willy's offers a taste of smoked black cod (sablefish), high in omega 3s and the perfect healthy snack.

    The Kodiak Island Brewing Company encourages a beer sampling with the pint of your choice and a taste of delicious dessert to be decided on by the chef.

    This is just a glimpse of the amazing tastes you'll find on your 2½ hour walk in the downtown area. Watch for the boat harbor and its many fishing vessels as you travel.



    Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The walk is approximately 2 miles. Dress in layers; bring a rain jacket, gloves and a hat.

    Tour code

    ADQ_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • A Walk through Kodiak Harbour

    Take an intriguing glimpse into the bustling world of Alaska’s commercial fisheries.

    A Walk through Kodiak Harbour

    During this 90-minute walking tour along the waterfront, a knowledgeable guide will lead you down Cannery Row to Kodiak Harbor where you can chat with real Alaskan fishermen as they return from the sea and prepare their gear and boats for their next trip. Hear life and death tales, learn about the different kinds of fishing vessels and view crab pots, nets and hooks. If the boats are unloading, the guide will escort you to a processing plant to see the catch being sorted, weighed, cleaned and processed.


    Guests must be aged 10 years or older. The walking tour begins at the Pier and ends at the small boat harbour in downtown Kodiak. Guests must be able to walk for approximately 90 minutes and be physically fit. This tour is entirely on foot and covers about 1½ miles over some uneven ground and harbour pontoons. <\strong>

    Tour code

    ADQ_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Island Otter & Wildlife Adventure

    Set a course for Kodiak’s magnificent scenery and wildlife on a catamaran adventure.

    Island Otter & Wildlife Adventure

    Your vessel has a comfortable cabin and full walk-around decks that are ideal for viewing. Wildlife often spotted from the Shearwater includes humpback and fin whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, eagles, horned and tufted puffins and a vast array of other sea birds. You’ll also enjoy a perspective on one of the largest fishing fleets in the United States and spectacular scenery that looks from the water. Snacks and beverages will be served onboard the boat.

    Guests must walk up and down a ramp that is fairly steep at low tide and negotiate a step to the board the boat. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers as it can be cold on the water. Hats, gloves and scarves are recommended. Guests must be aged 10 years or older.

    Tour code

    ADQ_011

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Kodiak City Drive

    Enjoy a whistle-stop overview of Kodiak’s highlights on this 50-minute panoramic drive.

    Kodiak City Drive

    Cannery Row, the small boat harbour, the Baranof and Alutiiq Museums, and the Russian Orthodox Church are all on your route around the town, so too a high-water mark from the 1964 tsunami. Pause at Mill Bay Beach, with its intriguing rock formations and surrounding forest. Kodiak also has an unexpected World War II legacy and you can stop at a defensive bunker which is now a peaceful spot to admire the views out to sea.


    This tour operates by school bus. There is minimal walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    ADQ_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    0¾ hour

  • Ultimate Kodiak Wildlife Cruise

    See why Kodiak is called Alaska's Emerald Isle on this luxury yacht cruise.

    Ultimate Kodiak Wildlife Cruise

    Retired local harbourmaster Marty Owen will be your skipper, accompanied by his wife, Marion, a professional photographer and naturalist. They’ll treat you to close-up views of seabird rookeries, sea lions, puffins, playful sea otters, as well as the blue-domed Russian Orthodox Church and fishing vessels made famous by Discovery Channel show, ‘Deadliest Catch’. Large picture windows and 360-degree access inside the boat and on deck provide you with perfect viewing and excellent photo opportunities. Many of Marion's award-winning photographs were taken along this route.

    This popular excursion includes use of binoculars and field guides and, for a snack, a savory selection of homemade refreshments.


    Guests must be aged 3 or older. <\strong>

    Tour code

    ADQ_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Fort Abercrombie State Park Nature Hike

    Explore Kodiak's irresistible beauty with a nod to its Second World War history during this scenic hike.

    Fort Abercrombie State Park Nature Hike

    Led by a guide, you’ll follow well-maintained natural and gravel trails for up to two miles, through the moss-covered trees of the verdant Alaskan rainforest. An array of seabirds and songbirds inhabits the park's coastline and whale sightings are frequently reported in this area.

    You’ll also stop by wartime bunkers that seem somehow at odds with the natural beauty and the sense of serene escapism.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    Guests must be able to hike approximately two miles over uneven ground. This tour is not advised for guests with heart, respiratory or back issues. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. It is essential to wear flat, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes or boots with a good grip, suitable for walking over rough, uneven and wet ground.<\strong>

    Tour code

    ADQ_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Kodiak Marine Wildlife Sightseeing

    Head out onto the water in search of Kodiak’s abundant marine wildlife.

    Kodiak Marine Wildlife Sightseeing

    Your 40-foot boat has a comfortable heated cabin and full walk-around decks that are ideal for viewing. Keep an eye out for eagles, arctic terns, puffins, sea otters, sea lions and harbour seals, as well as several species of whale. Take in the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds you in this wild island archipelago, that’s home to a thriving fishing industry as well as to several historical features from World War II, easily visible from the water.

    Refreshments of coffee, soft drinks and bottled water as well as a variety of snacks will be served onboard.


    Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers. Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed. <\strong>

    Tour code

    ADQ_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Guided Wildlife Cruise

    Set off across the water in search of Alaska’s rich marine wildlife.

    Guided Wildlife Cruise

    Your high-speed boat sets a course to the breathtaking scenery of the nearby islands looking for sea otters, sea lions, harbour seals, and a multitude of sea birds including puffins, gulls, oyster catchers, guillemots and cormorants. You may even be lucky enough to spot a whale from its 360-degree observation deck. An on-board guide offers a wealth of information about Kodiak's marine wildlife, including how the sea otter has shaped Kodiak's history and ecology. Complimentary snacks will be available during the cruise.

    Guests must be able to negotiate a long ramp to board the boat, which can be steep at low tide.

    Tour code

    ADQ_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours